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Trekking in Nepal


29th Nov Marpha

Treking in Nepal ...............This is our third day of the Jomson trek and we are really loving it.

The first day was very good fun as we took the 7.00am flight up to Jomson from Pokhara and although it was only 15 mins it was very spectacular flying over the mountains and seeing them up so close. The plane was tiny and only held 20 seats so everyone had a window seat.

We walked to Kagbeni which only took 3 hrs and stayed at a lovely hotel the Shangri- La (no unfortunately not the Shangri-La that we all know and love in Singapore!) It was very cosy though and had hot water, bathrooms and all mod cons.

On our second day the trek to Muktinath was not so good. The walk was easy but the hotels were all really basic and none had hot showers. Since it was below freezing at night we slept in all our clothes on plus tons of blankets on top and it was still freezing!

In the morning when we woke up there was ice on the windows and no hot water again. Lousy breakfast too so it had not been a good overnight stay but the views on the walk down the next day made up for it. During the day the sun was very bright so the mountains looked amazing.

It was a 6 hour hard walk down to Marpha and the last hour was particularly hard as the wind picked up about 4.00pm .

However our guide assured us that there was a good hotel at Marpha and we were so pleased to arrive there as it was very nice with hot showers in our room. We could not have faced another night like the previous night!

Dec 1st Takopani

David and I today decided to head back to Pokhara separately as I was sick yesterday and did not feel up to a long 7 hour hike.

David really wanted to go to Poon Hill and to see Annapurna and I didn't want him to miss out because of me so after talking to our guide we agreed that Siba our guide would walk down to Pokhara with me (only 4 hours) and David would truck on for another day on his own . We arranged to meet 3.00pm the next day at our hotel in Pokhara and then set off our separate ways.

Dec 2nd The way down (Karen)

The walk that day was so beautiful, we went along the deepest gorge in the world and again the sun shone brilliantly throughout the day. The taxi ride from Beni was hairy to say the least as the driver insisted on turning his lights off when he went around blind corners and since there was a 1000m drop on the other side!! After trying in vain to make him put the lights on (my guide explained he could not toot the horn and use lights at the same time!) I decided to be philosophical and since we had escaped Maoists broken down etc etc I decided just not to look!

So relieved to reach my hotel in Pokhara and I soaked in a lovely bubble bath and felt great. After going out for dinner I fell in to bed feeling super fit and so pleased that I had done the trek, it was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I had to cut it short by a day.

Dec 2nd The way up (David)

It was 1600M up from Takipani (Black water) to Ghorepani (Horse water) and took around 7 hours. It was not helped by taking a wrong turn down 200M to the river! I was exhausted by lunchtime but the traditional Nepal dish of Dal Bhat (Dal, rice, pickles, veg curry - I was different every time you had it) which I had grown very fond of relieved me and I made it to Ghorepani. The lodge there had a heater in the dining room which actually heated the whole lodge, I real treat! Just before sunset I went out to find the way to Poon hill (as I was going to climb up in the dark the next morning), the sun gave Annapurna a golden glow and I rushed back to get my camera but too late.

Dec 3nd The way down

The next morning I set off on to Poon hill (3100M) at 5.30 for the sunrise, most spectacular it was too with 8000M peaks in all directions. Normally you have to give the Maoists a donation (1 pound per day trekking) here but the Royal Nepal Army (RNA) were here taking pictures of themselves. I went down the 2100M to road as quickly as I could as I wanted to get back to Pokhara in time to see how the TR was (but my big toe has not recovered yet 10 days later).

The garage still had a lot of tidying to do but the basic welding looked good.



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